Malawi has some of the harshest laws in all of Africa criminalizing homosexuality. Many religious groups actively support discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender persons and in turn are fanning the spread of HIV.
Lt. Dan Choi at the National Equality March: “The era and the time for asking is over. I am not asking anymore I am telling… will you tell with me? In the face of injustice and in the face of the discrimination, patience is not a plan.”
Hundreds of people–young and old, men and women, gay, lesbian, transgender and straight–all effected and affected by HIV and AIDS rallied on the Washington Mall Saturday night to call for an end to the epidemic.
Decriminalization of homosexuality by the Delhi High Court gives hope to advocates for equality throughout the globe. Still, much work needs to be done to eradicate discrimination in daily life.
The High Court of Delhi found that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalized consensual sexual acts of adults in private, violated the Indian Constitution. This ruling decriminalizes homosexuality in India and is being hailed by advocates in India and worldwide as the first step toward equality for gay, lesbian, and transgender persons in that country.
Despite the annual show of presence in different parts of India during gay pride parades, lesbians continue to remain one of the more closeted groups amongst the LGBT community.
Research findings indicate negative parental and social attitudes contribute to higher rates of suicide and substance abuse among gay, lesbian and bisexual youth. Support and acceptance, and even neutrality by parents, can lead to reduced rates of suicide among vulnerable teens and young adults.